When social distancing and stay home orders did not flatten the curve enough, they sent us all to separate islands based on our antigen contents. Dr. F explained the reasoning, the conspiracy theorists plotted out the implications to the November elections, the President just peddled unproven drugs his son-in-law had stockpiled in January. I just packed under 50 lbs worth of stuff for my direct flight not knowing when I’d be invited back to weed my garden or prune my apple trees. The negative results meant I had to go this exclusive island with other Negatores where we were tasked with making hand-sanitizer to be shipped back to the Antigeners who worked selected businesses to jump start the economy.
We all endured the one last Corona Body Scan specially devised to ensure our safety until the courageous Vaccinators proved the efficacy of the drugs. Then we moved into our COVID Urts with our specially designated Part-Negator who would be ready to call emergency services as they burnt our bodies in the island’s purifier. No chances could be taken at all, and so moral compasses could not be packed in our 50 lbs.
Me and my P-N compared our haul to see what unusual thing we brought to comfort us through these indeterminate times. His juggling balls seemed extraneous to me, but when he talked about his clown heritage and how these were the very balls his Grandfather juggled while setting the tightrope distance walk before the Fabulous Wallendas came on the scene, I had to give him props. My extra item was the pillow Mom sewed for me from one of my late father’s shirts. It had been forgotten for a reason in my closet and fell to the floor when I got out the suitcase, but now that reason had been forgotten.
- Isolate your protagonist/s on an island of their own making. This could range from a remote picnic, a cabin retreat, a self-isolating pandemic, or anything you can imagine that puts your character/s in self-isolating circumstance. You can write about your own experience and make this a non-fiction piece if you want.
- Have your protagonist/s pack, take, store, or purchase something unexpected to get them through the time. State why it is contrary for the character. “She packed deviled eggs—something she usually hated to take on a picnic because they were so messy.”
- Have fun. Don’t stress. Make mistakes. Allow yourself some extra words to freely explore your subject, maybe dive in a bit deeper to the “unexpected” than you had planned.